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COE DISPOSITIONS FORUM. Linking Unit Conceptual Framework to the Identification, Nurturing and Assessing of Dispositions. DISPOSITIONS ARE BEING PERCEIVED IN MANY WAYS. as skills – critical thinking as virtues – honesty, fairness as educational values – all students can learn

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coe dispositions forum

COE DISPOSITIONS FORUM

Linking Unit Conceptual Framework to the Identification, Nurturing and Assessing of Dispositions

dispositions are being perceived in many ways
DISPOSITIONS ARE BEING PERCEIVED IN MANY WAYS
  • as skills – critical thinking
  • as virtues – honesty, fairness
  • as educational values – all students can learn
  • as societal transformation – social justice
how dispositions are being developed in unit from conceptual framework
HOW DISPOSITIONS ARE BEING DEVELOPED IN UNIT (from Conceptual Framework)
  • all knowledge (subject matter/content) and skills (methods) serve as the basis for inquiry (deliberation) not as accepted conclusions
  • “The moral quality of knowledge lies not in its possession, but in how it can foster a widening consciousness and mindfulness. This moral cast of mind, embodies commitments to: straightforwardness, simplicity, naivete, open-mindedness, integrity of purpose, responsibility, seriousness” (Hansen, 2001).
  • “When programs employ [inquiry] deliberation throughout the curriculum, the result is a unit-wide attempt to foster dispositions” (Misco & Shiveley, 2007).
  • (see Conceptual Framework, Vision, Philosophy)
conceptual framework
CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
  • Vision Statement
  • The desired future of the College of Education at Florida International University is one in which candidates, faculty, and staff embrace the shared experiences of a diverse, international, professional-learning community. The College will, therefore, strive to facilitate diverse learning environments where knowledge becomes the means to foster goal attainment for all those involved in the learning process. This process will necessarily involve the highest ethical standards, while emphasizing inquiry as the means-ends connection to enhancing reflective intelligence in a changing social, political, cultural and technological world.
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CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
  • Mission Statement
  • The mission of the College of Education includes a three-pronged approach. First, the College is charged to prepare professionals who have the knowledge, abilities, and dispositions to facilitate and enhance learning and development within diverse settings. Second, the College must promote and facilitate the discovery, development, documentation, assessment, and dissemination of knowledge related to teaching and learning. The third part of the College’s mission is to develop professional partnerships in the larger community that foster significant educational, social, economic and political change.
conceptual framework excerpts
CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK (Excerpts)
  • Philosophy
  • Articulating an explicit philosophy enables the achieving of “a wisdom” which influences the conduct of life in the unit.
  • Thus, to view teaching and learning as self-renewal is to see it as being similar to living things that renew themselves “through action upon the environment” (Dewey, 1916/1944, p. 2). According to John Dewey (1916/1944), “Education, in its broadest sense, is the means of this social continuity of life” (p. 2).
  • Teaching and learning in the unit “is thus fostering, a nurturing, a cultivating process … it implies attention to the conditions of growth” (Dewey, 1916/1944, p. 10).
  • Since “We never educate directly, but indirectly by means of the environment” (Dewey, 1916/1944, p. 19), then the faculty in the unit seeks to create the kind of teaching and learning environments that elicit the mental and moral sensibilities consistent with reflective intelligence.
  • Teaching and learning as “self-renewal” suggests that we must cultivate the minds of learners and provide them with the rich intellectual, pedagogical, and dispositional soil to grow personally and professionally. This “soil of learning” must, therefore, be tilled with knowledge of subject, professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills, and dispositions, that is, moral sensibilities, and habits of mind.
  • The educational environments conducive to this philosophy are thus structured to challenge candidates to engage in the habits of thinking that are consistent with reflective inquiry or as termed by Dewey, “the essentials of reflection” (Dewey, 1916/1944, p. 163).
  • To engage in reflective inquiry presupposes a form of personal, intellectual and social renewal. Consequently, we see a special connection between growth and “the application of our thinking to things already known for the purpose of improving social conditions. This requires the acquisition of dispositions both intellectual and social” (Dottin, 2005, p. 4). In fact, Dewey notes that:
  • Only that which has been organized into our dispositions so as to enable us to adapt the environment to our needs and to adapt our aims and desires to the situation in which we live is really knowledge. Knowledge is not just something which we are conscious of, but consists of the dispositions we consciously use in understanding what now happens. Knowledge as an act is bringing some of our dispositions to consciousness with a view to straightening out a perplexity, by conceiving the connection between ourselves and the world in which we live (1916/1944, p. 344).
  • Consequently, teaching and learning as self-renewal is meant to help both candidates and faculty develop relevant intellectual and social dispositions that reinforce their being “mindful” and thoughtful in their professional practice. .
developing and nurturing dispositions for democratic ends through means of inquiry deliberation
DEVELOPING AND NURTURING DISPOSITIONS FOR DEMOCRATIC ENDS THROUGH MEANS OF INQUIRY (DELIBERATION)
  • dispositions for inquiry requires reflective intelligence (and reflective intelligence enhances skills, virtues, educational values, societal transformation)
  • reflective intelligence enhances professional judgment
  • John Dewey (1938) Theory of Inquiry; John Dewey (1922 Human Nature and Conduct; John Dewey (1916/1944) Democracy and Education.
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SO…
  • WHAT QUALITIES OF THOUGHT DOES ONE EXPECT TO SEE WHEN AN EDUCATOR (candidate, teacher, etc.) IS DEMONSTRATING REFLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE?
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Since mindfulness and thoughtfulness are key factors in acting intelligently, then dispositions are habits of mind that render professional conduct more intelligent:

  •  These dispositions, i.e., habits of pedagogical “mindfulness” and thoughtfulness (reflective capacity) create a form of interconnectedness by which the unit’s candidates have a disposition toward enhancing the growth of all learners through the application of their thinking to things already known (content, process skills) for the purpose of improving social conditions. This requires that teachers and other school personnel demonstrate commitments to patterns of intellectual activity that guide their cognitive and social behavior in educational settings with students, colleagues, families, and communities, thus enhancing their conduct in the world of practice – mindful educators.
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These dispositions/habits of mind that make professional conduct more intelligent include candidates:
  • Adopting a critical eye toward ideas and actions (Being Analytical).
  • Withholding judgment until understanding is achieved by being thoughtful in his/her actions.(Managing Impulsivity).
  • Working to see things through by employing systematic methods of analyzing problems (Persisting).
  • Thinking about his/her own thinking (Reflective Thoughtfulness).
  • Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision (Communicating Accurately).
  • Showing curiosity and passion about learning through inquiry (Being Inquisitive).
  • Showing a sense of being comfortable in situations where the outcomes are not immediately known by acting on the basis of his/her initiative and not from needing a script (Taking Responsible Risks).
  • Recognizing the wholeness and distinctiveness of other people’s ways of experiencing and making meaning by being open-minded (Being Open-minded).
  • Taking time to check over work because of his/her being more interested in excellent work than in expediency (Striving for Accuracy).
  • Abstracting meaning from one experience and carrying it forward and applying it to a new situation by calling on his/her store of past knowledge as a source of data to solve new challenges (Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations).
  • Showing sensitivity to the needs of others and to being a cooperative team member (Thinking Interdependently), and,
  • Showing a sense of care for others and an interest in listening well to others (Empathic Understanding) (Costa & Kallick, 2004).
research on dispositions says
RESEARCH ON DISPOSITIONS SAYS…
  • DEVELOPMENT AND NURTURING OF DISPOSITIONS – not through direct instruction (transmission model), but through exposure to certain kinds of learning experiences (enculturation model)
  • dispositions must be seen
  • dispositions must be encouraged through candidate/candidate interaction
  • dispositions must be taught directly
  • candidates must receive feedback about dispositions
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SO…
  • HOW IS THE CONSISTENT INTERNAL MOTIVATION TO ENGAGE IN EDUCATIONAL MINDFULNESS AND THOUGHTFULNESS BY CANDIDATES IN THE UNIT ASSESSED?